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Alpha Jetman

Alpha Jetman

For his latest formation flight, original Jetman Yves Rossy and his two padawans flew alongside the French Air Force’s aerobatic team Patrouille Acrobatique de France. Definitely one of the sickest things we’ve seen this year.

JetPack Aviation LA Flight Raffle

JetPack Aviation LA Flight Raffle

JetPack Aviation is offering the general public a chance to experience its latest jetpack, the JB-10. The winner will be given $1,000 worth of travel vouchers, fly the JB-10 in Los Angeles and have dinner with the company’s founders.

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Near-Zero Visibility

Near-Zero Visibility

TopFelya captured this incredible footage at a runway at London’s Gatwick Airport, as a series of jumbo jets each manages to successfully land or take off in a dense fog that seems to swallow up the planes. The mist coming off the wings of the planes is especially eerie.

Insane R/C Copter Skills 3

Insane R/C Copter Skills 3

R/C chopper pilot Alan Szabo Jr. proves that Tareq Alsaadi isn’t the only one who knows how to do crazy tricks with his helicopter. Watch Alan make his ALIGN Trex 800E DFC zip around like a flying Tasmanian devil. That lawnmower bit at the end, whoa.

Inverted Flight Fun

Inverted Flight Fun

Record-setting stunt pilot Spencer Suderman takes us along for a crazy series of twists, turns, and barrel rolls, over Southern California. We can’t decide if the GoPro’s gimbal setup made us more or less dizzy than a stationary camera.

Deal: Bionic Bird Drone

Deal: Bionic Bird Drone

While most drones take off and land like a helicopter, the Bionic Bird mimics the flight dynamics of our avian friends, flapping its wings to stay airborne for up to 12 minutes on a charge. Its egg-shaped charger lets you juice back up in the field up to 12 times.

Feeling the Forces of a Fighter Jet

Feeling the Forces of a Fighter Jet

The 560th Flying Training Squadron invited SmarterEveryDay for a test flight in the trusty Northrop T-38 Talon, a supersonic trainer jet used by the US Air Force and NASA. It gives us a thrilling glimpse of just how hard it is to handle such powerful birds.

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI’s new Mavic Pro is the Phantom’s not so little brother. It’s foldable and shoots 4K at 30fps. It has a 3-axis gimbal, the same subject and obstacle detection features as the Phantom 4, a 4.3mi range and a 27-min battery life.

Helicopter Blade POV

Helicopter Blade POV

We’ll say this once. If you get motion sickness, DO NOT hit play. But for the rest of us, this dizzying video shot from the perspective of the rotating blade of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter is pretty neat. Here’s another view from the chopper in flight.

Recreating Top Gun’s Photo Scene

Recreating Top Gun’s Photo Scene

Photographer Blair Bunting and his assistant wondered if Goose’s upside down Polaroid shot in Top Gun could actually be done – and done well – in real life. They managed to convince the Patriots Jet Team to help them recreate the stunt. Behind-the-scenes here.

Dronesurfing

Dronesurfing

To demonstrate the lifting power of its Alta 8 aerial photography drone, Freefly Systems used the 8-blade flying machine to tow a surfboarder through the water. He needed a running start, but we’re still impressed.

Starting a 737

Starting a 737

A highly abridged walkthrough of the many cryptic buttons and knobs pilots must use to start up a Boeing 737 jet. You’d think that with today’s tech, they could just punch in a destination, but these complex machines require significant manual input to fly.

NERF-firing R/C Plane

NERF-firing R/C Plane

If ajw61185’s flying scale model of an A-10 Warthog fighter wasn’t awesome enough, it’s got a cool trick up its sleeve – there’s a modded NERF Rival Zeus blaster inside, which can launch a dozen foam balls on command. You can see it fire at 1:02.

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Drone Penetration Run

Drone Penetration Run

Our friends at Team BlackSheep once again show off their drone flying skills, this time taking their compact Vendetta flyer through tight spaces like windows, rolling tires, and on a freaky fast ride through an old shooting range. Part 1 here.

787-9 Dreamliner Shows off

787-9 Dreamliner Shows off

Footage of Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner being put through its paces in preparation for the recently completed 2016 Farnborough Airshow. The takeoff and extreme banking maneuvers are especially impressive for a jet that can carry 280 passengers. More flying footage here.

Swiss Air Force Formation in 360º

Swiss Air Force Formation in 360º

Ride along for a formation flight with the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team. This 360º video puts you in the middle of the action, for a spectacular view of the snow-capped Alps and the St. Moritz ski resort below. The shots from the ground were unnecessary, but it’s still well worth watching.

Flying a Personal Multicopter

Flying a Personal Multicopter

AmazingDIYProjects built himself a drone. But this isn’t just any old quadcopter, no. This multi-bladed flying machine can actually lift a human. His nonchalant description about engine failures isn’t particularly reassuring, but he still manages to get off the ground. Liftoff at 4:15.

The Best Drone Footage

The Best Drone Footage

The 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival (yes, that’s a thing) put together this reel of highlights from some of the best aerial footage on display, from stunning nature shots, to awe-inspiring action and stunt flying. Check out all the winning films here.

Zero Gravity Skateboarding

Zero Gravity Skateboarding

Skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki left behind the ramps, rails, and half-pipes of Earth, and took advantage of a Zero G aircraft to catch some serious hangtime. The biggest trick? Not hurling their guts out.

Inverted Spin World Record

Inverted Spin World Record

A dizzying stunt performed by pilot Spencer H. Suderman, who broke his own Guinness World Record of the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. The daredevil spun his Sunbird S1X biplane around an astounding 98 times over the Arizona desert. We’re gonna go puke now.

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Bad Ideas in Aviation History

Bad Ideas in Aviation History

Footage from a Discovery program which documented the Piasecki PA97 Helistat, an experimental logging blimp, which used an ungainly configuration of four helicopters to lift it off the ground. Just looking at the thing, it seemed like a bad idea… and it was.

DJI Phantom 4

DJI Phantom 4

The Phantom 4 has tap-to-fly and subject tracking modes with obstacle detection for newbie-friendly flight. It has a range of 3mi, lasts up 28min. per charge, and has a camera that shoots 4K at 24, 25 and 30fps and 1080p at 60 and 120fps.

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

Jungle Pilots Are Superheroes

Inspired by Bill & Melinda Gates’ letter about superheroes, Destin of SmarterEveryDay met up with some of his idols. The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) flies to remote locations to deliver medicine, food and other valuables to people in need.

Drone Flies to Top of Burj Khalifa

Drone Flies to Top of Burj Khalifa

To show off the long range flight abilities of their carbon fiber Vendetta FPV racer drone, Team Blacksheep flew the speedy UAV to the top of some very tall buildings – including the 2,722 foot-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Why Airplane Windows Are Round

Why Airplane Windows Are Round

Released in 1952, the de Havilland Comet was the world’s first commercial jetliner. Sadly, engineers did not know at that point that a seemingly innocuous feature – square windows – would doom the pioneering plane and many people’s lives.

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

The amazingly talented pilots and aerial athletes of the Red Bull Air Force headed to the dusty desert of Moab, Utah, where they strung together a series of amazing stunts as a gorgeous and powerful Audi RS 7 sped by below. Go behind the scenes here.

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